NARWHAL is pleased to share news of gallery artist Jacob Whibley’s participation in the Axe Head Program, coordinated by the ARMAR Association (Basque) and Bill Clarke (Toronto).

Axe Head is a program of exchanges and exhibitions between Basque and Canadian artists and art institutions. In its fourth iteration, Jacob Whibley exhibits his work at ANTI- Liburudenda, a bookshop and cultural centre in Bilbao and concurrently, Art Metropole, an art bookstore and cultural centre in Toronto, features an artwork by the Basque artist Alexis Hojaldre (Pernan Goñi).

Jacob WhibleyAether Mass Test10 x 13.5” Paper ephemera 2012

Jacob Whibley
Aether Mass Test
10 x 13.5” Paper ephemera 2012

For the past eight years, Jacob Whibley has produced a body of work that looks as if it could have been made in Europe between the two World Wars. This is not meant as a criticism, but as a comment on his ongoing interest in specific aesthetics and art histories, and a fidelity to particular materials. Often working in the difficult, but far too easily maligned, medium of collage, the artist’s work to date is rooted in the language of early modernist art, architecture and design. Russian constructivism, the Bauhaus and de Stijl influence the sophisticated forms that Whibley’s work takes; however, his collages and sculptures are more than simple homage.

Whibley’s studio is filled with storage boxes and filing cabinets containing sheets of paper, scrapbooks and ledgers, dating from the mid-20th Century to as far back as the mid-1800s, and it is from this trove that he constructs his work. Beginning with what he calls an “imbalanced initial placement”, his challenge is to build a composition that combines visual complexity with cohesiveness. One of his goals is to foreground the histories embedded within the materials he uses. “My materials retain the traces of their experiences and interactions with people and the environment,” he explains. “I’m attracted to pre-existing tears, crumples and folds, and the discolouration from years of storage.” The commonplace nature of the materials imbues Whibley’s work with a sense of both the contemporary and the timeless.

For more information, please visit the ARMAR website here.

NARWHAL is pleased to present Jacob Whibley’s second solo exhibition with the gallery, all we ever wanted was everything, from September 5 – October 3, 2015.

Please contact the gallery for artwork inquiries.

Jacob Whibleynegligible contextual guidance, 2014 Paper ephemera. 12 x 15 in.

Jacob Whibley
negligible contextual guidance, 2014
Paper ephemera.
12 x 15 in.

Jacob Whibleythe flat gift of subtraction Polystyrene & walnut12” w x 18” l x 3.125” h  2013

Jacob Whibley
the flat gift of subtraction

Polystyrene & walnut
12” w x 18” l x 3.125” h 2013

Jacob Whibley mass3 (eeb)15 x 17

Jacob Whibley
mass3 (eeb)
15 x 17″ Paper ephemera on panel. 2012